tisdag 3 november 2015

Nice restaurants to remember in NICE

A trip to the French Riviera in October is a perfect way to prepare for coming winter. With temperature around 20 degrees daytime, lunch outside is a must. Having Nice as a base you can easily do longer and shorter excursions. Antibes one day and Monaco the next.

Dinners we usually had in our cosy, vibrant local neighbourhood, a couple of blocks above the port in Nice. Rue Bonaparte is a street leading to the Garibaldi square. This street, as well as the parallel and crossing ones, are filled with restaurants, bars, bakeries, patisseries. It's an area with walking distance almost everywhere but with the advantage of being away from the tourist spots.

Thanks to our excellent host, Jose, we found some of these places and the others by ourselves.

Had my best cheese plate hear. Beside the restaurant is a wine bar. Same owners.
10 rue Lascaris, Nice
Tel: +33 (0)4 93146809

L’atelier du Port
Trendy and nice with a menu based on the seasons.
45 Rue Bonaparte, 06300 Nice
Tel: +33 (0)9 83038844
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L’Esprit Gourmand
Friendly neighbourhood restaurant.
17 Rue Beaumont, 06300 Nice
Tel: +33 (0)9 81671037
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Bel oeil
A small menu that changes frequently. Pleasant, minimalist design.
12 Emmanuel Philibert, 06300 Nice
Tel: +33 (0)9 80330838
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Le Victor Hugo
French brasserie-style with many patrons and local atmosphere. Located a couple of blocks behind Hotel Negresco.
1 Rue Berlioz, 06000 Nice
Tel: +33 (0)4 93871158

Comptoir Central Éléctrique at10 Rue Bonaparte is a nice bar which also serves food. We didn't try the food but used to finalize the evening here with a glass of wine.
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Outside Nice:

Newport steakhouse & seafood bar
Situated by the waterfront in Villefranche-sur-mer. Walking distance from Nice or two stops by train from the central station.
1 Quil Courbet, 06230 Villefranche-sur-mer
Tel: +33 (0)9 83697014

Le Pigennier
Located in the old town of Vence, inside the medieval walls. To reach Vence, take bus no 400 to end station. Takes about an hour depending on traffic. The same bus pass by Saint-Paul-de-Vence - an art mecca with countless of galleries and studios. This is where most of the passengers drop off the bus.
5&7 Place du Peyra, 06140 Vence
Tel: +33 (0)4 93580300
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Nacional beef & wine bar
Trendy spot in Antibes with a stylish inner yard. Perfect for lunch on a sunny day.
61 Place Nationale, 06600 Antibes
Tel: +33 (0)4 93617730

Tentazione is a small cheese shop located in the old town of Nice. While visiting this street, take a look at the wine shop close by, called La cave de Stephane.
6 Rue du Collet, 06300 Vieux Nice